It’s official. The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump, not Ronald Reagan.
Asked to pick their dream president from anyone alive, more than a third of New Hampshire GOP primary voters chose the New York property developer-turned-politician.
He easily beat the field of 2024 runners-up as well as wild cards like Elon Musk or previous candidates like Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 nominee.
He even beat out Ronald Reagan, often picked by conservatives as the greatest president of all time. Although given the fact that he has been dead for almost 20 years, his results are not to be overlooked.
So it’s perhaps no surprise that Trump’s 35 percent vote share is ten times higher than the leader who is credited with winning the Cold War and who lent his name to a brand of low-tax, small-government economics that has dominated his party for generations.
The results come in a new poll for Newstimesuk.com, examining the state of the primary race in New Hampshire, a key primary state. It also showed that Trump has lost ground with New Hampshire Republicans since April. He won the support of 42 percent of respondents, down from 51 percent.
Only three percent of New Hampshire Republicans say Ronald Reagan would be their dream president. By contrast, about 35 percent chose former President Donald Trump
Trump is clearly ahead, even as his share of support has shrunk in an increasingly crowded field.
‘The New Hampshire GOP vote is completely on the Trump train,’ said James Johnson of JL Partners, which conducted the poll.
‘They are sticking with Donald Trump as much as anyone in the world would like to be president. And even though they rate DeSantis as the best on many issues, they chose Trump for the presidential nomination.
‘That doesn’t mean Trump is unbeatable, but without a single challenger he is the clear favorite for the nomination.’
DeSantis was second for voters’ dream picks. But Reagan, often ranked as one of the most important Republican presidents of all time, could only manage seventh place.
He is just below New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who undoubtedly benefits from a home-field advantage with six percent, but who has ruled himself out of the 2024 presidential race.
The two 2024 candidates tied with Reagan at three percent. Wake up opposition activist Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott has both seen their campaigns gain traction in the past month, and they are tied with former candidate Sen. Mitt Romney.
Our new poll shows the state of the Republican primary race in New Hampshire. The two leading candidates saw their support share shrink as others gained momentum
A word cloud of the results shows Trump’s dominance. But look closer and there are some stars of stage and screen, including an inimitable Brit, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.
Some respondents even went for Taylor Swift and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second in the polls and Gov. Chris Sununu came in third, benefiting from home field advantage in the New Hampshire poll.
Then there’s a string of wild cards in the form of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Democrat-turned-far-right Tulsi Gabbard’s pin-up favorite, and billionaire Elon Musk, arch libertarian and liberal biter.
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley also joined them at two percent.
Liberal comedian Jon Stewart is on the list with one percent, as are former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Mike Pompeo, who has ruled himself out of the 2024 run.
Then there’s a jumble of celebrities listed in the under one percent: singer Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger (who’s ineligible for the White House because he’s British), actor Clint Eastwood (who at least served as mayor) and fellow movie star Dwayne Johnson.
The poll for Newstimesuk.com was conducted from July 13 to 20, and has a 3.9 percent margin of error. It surveyed 591 registered Republicans and others planning to request a primary ballot.
Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy were also named as dream presidents among New Hampshire Republican voters as both campaigns gained ground.
And the results spell more bad news for Ron DeSantis’ misfiring campaign.
Although in second place, it has dropped from 18 percent in April to 15 percent now.
The poll also provides insight into where state Republican voters want to fill the vice presidential slot.
Scott leads with 19 percent, followed by Trump loyalist Kari Lake at 16, Haley at 15 and Ramaswamy at 13 percent.
However, Ramaswamy led the field when only Trump supporters were asked, surpassing Lake when the question was last asked in April.
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